Big Idea: Even when we believe that God is in control, we will worry in this life. However, God gives us the provisions we need to find peace.
I. Turning toward joy
A. Make joy your daily business.
B. Rejoice in the Lord.
C. Let's be reasonable.
D. Remember that Jesus is coming.
II. Turning away from anxiety
A. Identify and reject anxiety.
B. Instead, pray about everything.
C. Be thankful.
D. Let Christ’s peace stand watch over your soul.
E. Let Christ rule your thought life. “Take every thought captive.” (II Corinthians 10:5)
1) How do you define joy? What is the difference between happiness and joy?
2) How much joy do you take in the Lord? How much joy do you experience in your daily walk with God? Are there seasons to your experience with God, time with more joy and other times with less? Share about a season of joy you have been through.
3) How reasonable are you? Does everyone think of themselves as reasonable? Do unreasonable people acknowledge that they are unreasonable?
4) How often do you draw joy from the fact that Jesus is coming back? Once a year, a month, week, day, hour?
5) Do you have a handle on what causes you anxiety? What are some of the things that make you anxious? Is it possible to become less anxious over things that have caused anxiety? If so, what has worked for you?
6) How often do you pray about the things you get anxious over? Have you ever chosen to pray instead of worrying? If so, what was that experience like?
7) Do you make thanksgiving a regular mental habit? If so, how does that change your state of mind?
8) What does it mean to have Christ rule over your heart and mind? How can peace “rule” or “reign”? Can you tell who peaceful people are when you meet them? Do you have any people of peace at your place of work? How do they impact their environment?